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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1971-07-02

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1971-07-02

Set 1

Me And Bobby McGee
Next Time You See Me
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Playing In The Band
The Rub
Me And My Uncle
Big Railroad Blues
Hard To Handle
The Promised Land
Good Lovin' Workin' Man Blues
I Don't Know You
Down In The Boondocks
Dirty Business
Glendale Train
Portland Woman
Last Lonely Eagle
Louisiana Lady

Set 2

Sugar Magnolia
Sing Me Back Home
Mama Tried
Cryptical Envelopment ->
Drums ->
The Other One
Big Boss Man
Casey Jones
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
Jam ->
Not Fade Away

Johnny B. Goode

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA

Source sbd
Lineage nr? declicked


Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2012
Subject: Beans
"The Closing of the Fillmore" is one of the "historical" shows and is also known for having two songs (Casey Jones and Johnny B Goode) included in the film Fillmore:The Last Days, whose soundtrack album was one of those 70s jigs that every other person seemed to have in their milk crates at the time and yet went out of print and then disappeared. The 3xLP-format orginally came with a 7" with Bill Graham talking. The film and soundtrack have more recently been given the polish and re-release.

This was a one-off show for Bill Graham in between a one-off in France and a one-off in Connecticut. Looking at that packed set list (and Jer also did a set with NRPS) you might think this was one of the best shows of '71. It may not rank overall with, say, 2-18-71, 4-29-71, 8-6-71, 8-24-71, or 10-22-71 but there are some brilliant sections (shouldn't there be from a show this long?). Graham was closing the venue and threw a 5-day fest featuring Bay bands (Santana, Creedence, etc.). The Rowans (still together today!) opened for the Dead; Jer and Bill then guested on their album. Graham moved up the date for closing his venues to appease a SFPD acid crackdown that had occured at one of them. Filmed, FM-simulcasted, Soundtrack agreement, sold-out shows; a lot for the time, place, and venue. Geez, was anybody at this festival?

Jer has a great guitar tone (he was playing the Strat - before the Alligator mods), one he didn't keep long. At the time they were playing Bertha, Deal, Bobby McGee, and GDtRFB pretty much every show. But this is mostly a Pig show. He's the one that was on. The show is interesting and collectable even if not top-heavy with sparks and best-of-'71 highlights. The band was so together in the Skull Fuck era, after completing American Beauty, that they were loose. Know whatta mean? Even shows where they obviously didn't have the machine at 100% still come out cohesive. They were young and full of beans, playing, what 100 shows that year? Day-am.
1st set: B-
2nd Set: C+
2 1/2 stars

Suggestions (i.e. the songs that should have been on the album):
The Rub   -   This may be the equal of 5/15/70. It's here the band catches (Pig's) fire.
Hard to Handle   -   Another one they played almost every show but everybody is on for this version
Deal   -   The slower, funkier kind and though it's imposible to pick one from the dozens of '71s, it's gotta be in the top 5.
Mama Tried   -   Jer finds a neat slot this time round
Big Boss Man   -   '71 was the biggest year for this song but this is my best-of pick
The Clevenger-Lai (128.6193) source sounds best. There's no difference between those labled "pre-FM" and the rest. They all appear to be the signal from the board for the live-to-air radio, post-DJ, whether before broadcast or not. This one has less clicks and better spectrum & depth.
Reviewer: gratefuldiver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2011
Subject: Best of the Lot
Despite likely being an FM source, this version sounds better than the "Pre-FM SBD" mixes.

Reviewer: gotmyticket - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2009
Subject: Great FM show on torrent sites
This is out there on other sources. I have gone thru and its a good one, worth the download and burn. The entire show is out there with radio ads etc. Pretty cool in FM soundbord quality. This for me is special because Pig shines.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2009
Subject: Grate
We listened on FM that day
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